Michael has extensive experience in complex litigation matters, representing clients in both federal and state courts. A significant portion of his practice involves employment law and includes providing major national corporations with oversight of their employment litigation. Michael also counsels and defends employers on a wide variety of professional and commercial matters. He also defends companies on housing discrimination and retaliation claims. Michael has served as trial counsel in cases involving premises liability, liquor liability, construction litigation, environmental litigation, sexual abuse litigation, product liability, and other complex litigation.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael obtained both his B.A. and J.D. from Marquette University. During law school, he served as Executive Editor of both the Marquette Law Review and the Journal of the National Sports Law Institute. He published a Comment in the Marquette Law Review on Rule 11 sanctions in the Seventh Circuit. He also published an article in the Illinois Bar Journal on obscenity law. While in law school, Michael interned for Judge John L. Coffey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At graduation, Michael was honored with the Dean's Award for Outstanding Service to the Law School and Profession.
Michael continues to be an active contributor to legal scholarship. He recently published articles with the Massachusetts Bar Association and the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association. Michael is also a frequent speaker for national insurance companies and insurance trade associations on topics such as early mediation, employment law, and defense of sexual abuse cases. He has also lectured for the national Non-Profit Risk Management Institute in Washington, D.C.
Michael is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only national trial lawyer honorary society. He was also elected a Member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel after an extensive peer review selection process. Michael has been consistently recognized by Massachusetts, New England, and national Super Lawyers which are annual listings of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He is also rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Michael enjoys spending time with his family and being actively involved in community advocacy and service. Michael, his wife, and his sons volunteer with Metro Lacrosse, a non-profit that aims to foster positive life enrichment, character development, and healthy lifestyle choices in urban youth through lacrosse. Michael also volunteers at Justice Bridge, mentoring recent law school graduates who are providing legal representation to individuals of modest means. Michael is a former Chairperson of the Parent Advisory Board at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Massachusetts and a former coach of the school's Mock Trial Team.